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pathfinder Jan-30-2011 11:34 AM

I am still waiting to find out the particulars about vehicles, Joel.

Some of the safari companies use hard roofed vehicles with roof ports, and some are entirely open vehicles. In East Africa I wonder if they favor open roofed vehicle, in which case, the roof based tripod support Andy linked won't work.. I will take a Kinesis bean bag for sure, and I think I may lean towards RRS's ground pod
- a very short metal tripod that I could add a Wimberly Sidekick too. The ground pod splays out completely flat, so will work on a flat surface. If I do I will need a screw type Arca Clamp for my Sidekick, to keep it from sliding out unexpectedly.

A Sidekick is much lighter than my Wimberly head.

Andy Jan-30-2011 11:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pathfinder (Post 1547500)
I am still waiting to find out the particulars about vehicles, Joel.

I'm getting them :D

Andy Jan-30-2011 12:09 PM

A good read on Luminous-Lanscape - it's from a couple years ago, but still very appropriate
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/es...ari-Tips.shtml

Reinforces that you simply can't have enough reach.

Andy Jan-30-2011 12:23 PM

Re: stabilizing and mounting in the vehicles, here's another option I'll check on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ks_P...layer_embedded

:D

pathfinder Jan-30-2011 12:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andy (Post 1547523)
A good read on Luminous-Lanscape - it's from a couple years ago, but still very appropriate
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/es...ari-Tips.shtml

Reinforces that you simply can't have enough reach.

Convinced me that 400mm is not long enough. Leave the wides at home Andy, we won't be doing night shots in the bush, I suspect :wink

I read that Luminous Landscape link just the other day. Great information - You DID note the author also, didn't you? Quite a remarkable fellow.

He raises some interesting questions about how we will manage getting all our batteries charged in the field too. How many camera batteries can a single vehicle charge at the same time?

The youtube video from the folks at RRS is quite interesting, but i do have some reservations about how well a rigid mounted gimbal head will actually work in a vehicle that will have several people moving about while shooting. A tripod on the deck of a boat really doesn't offer that much help over hand holding a camera, and even though the Land Rover has stopped, the suspension will still shift a bit with passengers shifting their weight, won't it? I really wonder if bean bags may be more effective but am willing to listen and learn.

Andy Jan-30-2011 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pathfinder (Post 1547531)
He raises some interesting questions about how we will manage getting all our batteries charged in the field too.

Every vehicle has charging station for multiple photographers - so every day, while we're out in the field and in the vehicles, you'll be able to charge your batteries. This is in addition to the charging capabilities at our lodges and even our luxury tented camp. We've absolutely thought this through and it's not an issue at all.

pathfinder Jan-30-2011 12:51 PM

Good to hear that - I thought that was likely, but I am a belt and suspenders kind of fellow...

Andy Jan-30-2011 05:10 PM

Gotta say, I had a wonderful day perusing photos and gear for and about Africa!

pathfinder Jan-30-2011 06:08 PM

The temperatures are expected to range from the mid 80-'s during the day, and into the 50's late at night - is that about correct, Andy?

Andy Jan-30-2011 06:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pathfinder (Post 1547750)
The temperatures are expected to range from the mid 80-'s during the day, and into the 50's late at night - is that about correct, Andy?

Yup, close - see #6 here http://www.muenchworkshops.com/Works...12500481_Qbjhg

pathfinder Jan-30-2011 06:22 PM

I corrected my lower figure to match the brochure - good to confirm.

DavidTO Oct-18-2011 01:24 PM

I'm going to do my best to keep up with new threads that are posted from this trip. They'll be in the first post in this thread.

Please, if you see one that I've missed, let me know and I'll add it! :clap

DavidTO Oct-21-2011 02:01 PM

Bump for more threads added to the index in the first post!

Andy Oct-26-2011 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kdog (Post 1547390)
Think major dust,

This was just not an issue at all, not anywhere we were.


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